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BLACK LIGHT THEATRE OF PRAGUE / ČERNÉ DIVADLO

Adresa: Rytířská 31, Praha 1
Produkční: +420 224 212 810 (rezervace a objednávky skupin)
Fax: +420 296 245 308
Pokladna divadla: +420 224 186 114 (rezervace a prodej)
Email: info@blacktheatre.cz
Web: www.blacktheatre.cz

Pokladna divadla je otevřená denně od 10 do 20:30 (bez přestávky).
Představení začíná ve 20:30 a končí kolem 21:30.
Spojení MHD: nejbližší je stanice metra Můstek (trasa A a B).
Dále můžeme nabídnout občerstvení v divadelním baru, prohlídku galerie v rámci vstupného a šatnu zdarma.

Popis představení ČD:

Široké využití efektů černého divadla, původní scénická hudba, špičkové výkony herců a tanečníků a mistrovsky zvládnuté užití vizuálních triků tvoří charakteristické rysy všech představení. Neverbální zpracování zaručuje plnohodnotný zážitek pro diváky všech národností a generací.

Faust – Muž mezi Bohem a ďáblem
Netradiční pojetí klasického tématu, inspirované věčně aktuálním příběhem o člověku, který na své cestě za mocí a bohatstvím musel nejprve vše ztratit, aby mohl nalézt to nejdůležitější.
Colour Dreams of Dr. Frankenstein
Stvořit dokonalého člověka je jeho jedinou životní touhou. Vydejte se na romantickou pouť za splněním snu roztržitého profesora, který si svým laskavým humorem získá vaše srdce.

Faust (from 2006 onwards, 1900 performances so far)

The show Faust was inspired by the classical work of J. W. Goethe. The confrontation of this classical subject matter with the black theatre format resulted in an innovative authorial project mixing black theatre with musical numbers, dynamic choreography and original incidental music, which favourably complements the universally relevant story of a man who hungered for knowledge, power and eternity, and the price he paid for that.
The creators of the show were inspired not only by the universally relevant text, but also by the poetics of traditional Czech puppet plays. The breadth of the theme presented the authors with a wide array of possibilities for employing black theatre effects which require absolute control over technical details as well as lighting and sound design.
Faust was universally positively received by the audience, as documented by the fact that nine seasons after its premiere, it is still a staple of the Black Light Theatre of Prague stage.

The Faust Legend

Faust yearns for absolute knowledge, beauty and power. He seeks to fulfil his desire through magic but is unable to learn everything. He often talks to the Devil—Mephistopheles—but not even the Devil can answer all of his questions. He therefore signs a contract with him. The Devil will serve him for 24 years and through his power, Faust will attain all earthly knowledge, youth, beauty and power. However, Faust soon realizes that even the contract with the Devil fails to bring the expected fulfilment of his desires and that the answers to his interrogations about the essence of being remain concealed from him. The contract with the Devil is coming to term, Faust’s soul is to be taken to Hell. Will true love save him?
The legendary Faust is based on an actual historical character, Dr. Johann Faust (cca 1480–1540), a German alchemist from the Middle Ages of whom tales were told already during his life that he had a pact with the Devil. This legend made the subject of many literary treatments. One of the oldest ones is the German version from 1578 entitled The History of Dr. Johann Faust. Very well-known adaptations include for instance English playwright Christopher Marlowe’s The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus (play, cca 1600) or Johann Wolfgang Goethe’s Faust (dramatic poem, 1806—1st part, 1832—2nd part).

Faust in Prague

In Prague’s Charles Square, you can find a building connected with Faust’s legend, referred to as “Faust’s house”. According to legend, this house was one of the residences of the famous doctor Faust and it was from its tower that the Devil carried Faust away to Hell after the blood-signed contract came to term. Inexplicable stains have been appearing on the tower’s vaulted ceiling ever since…
The legend probably appeared because several owners of the house were interested in natural sciences and conducted extensive chemical experiments there. One of them was the well-known court alchemist of emperor Rudolph II, Edward Kelley.

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The Colour Dreams of Dr. Frankenstein (from 2007 onwards, 1000 performances so far)

It was primarily Mary Shelley’s cult classic novel Frankenstein that inspired the creators of this new black theatre project, which premiered on April 4th, 2006 at the Palace Theatre. However, alongside doctor Frankenstein, it features many other well-known characters from the world of detective and horror stories. Dr. Frankenstein, a slightly absent-minded and loony scientist, is obsessed with the idea of creating an artificial man. To help bring about his plan, he seeks the cooperation of great figures from detective and horror stories. Among those reawakened to life: the Invisible Man, Sherlock Holmes, the Hound of the Baskervilles, Dracula…
You will experience unexpected adventures alongside the protagonist in his quest across Europe. You will find yourself in the depths of the ocean among dancing jellyfish, see the Eiffel Tower come to life in Paris, meet merry mountain men yodelling in their typical Tyrolean folk costumes while crossing the Alps, and Vienna will live up to its reputation as the capital of waltz. In mysterious Transylvania, below Count Dracula’s castle, a gypsy woman is telling fortunes… A future of glory or woe?
Embark on a romantic journey to fulfil the dream of an absent-minded professor who will gain your sympathies by his kind-hearted humour.
The show takes advantage of all the classical black theatre elements and effects. Inventive tricks are combined with enchanting music and a captivating story into a poetic whole whose tongue-in-cheek treatment and humour diverge significantly from the original horror story, making at an accessible and entertaining show for audiences of all generations.

The Creation of Frankenstein

In 1816, Mary Godwin was spending the summer with her husband-to-be Percy Bysshe Shelley visiting George Gordon, Lord Byron. The days being rainy, they entertained themselves by inventing terrifying stories. It was then that the student and later scientist Victor Frankenstein first saw the light of day, endowed by his author with the obsession of creating the perfect man. Published in 1818, the novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus was adapted a countless number of times and is considered today one of the foundational works of the horror genre. The same rainy summer and the same company saw the birth of another classical horror story character—lord Byron wrote the outline of his short story “The Vampyre”, which later became the first inspiration of vampire horror stories such as the novel Dracula. By pure chance, two classical horror story motifs thus came into being simultaneously.

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